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Sunday, October 14, 2012

I Can See Dead People--With Romney in White House

Strong Paul Krugman column for Monday's NYT just out, refuting Romney's claim that no one dies for lack of medical insurance (what with all the great, unbusy emergency rooms next door).  This statement  "clearly demonstrate that Mr. Romney has no idea what life (and death) are like for those less fortunate than himself. Even the idea that everyone gets urgent care when needed from emergency rooms is false. Yes, hospitals are required by law to treat people in dire need, whether or not they can pay. But that care isn’t free — on the contrary, if you go to an emergency room you will be billed, and the size of that bill can be shockingly high." 
More important, going to the emergency room when you’re very sick is no substitute for regular care, especially if you have chronic health problems. When such problems are left untreated — as they often are among uninsured Americans — a trip to the emergency room can all too easily come too late to save a life.
So the reality, to which Mr. Romney is somehow blind, is that many people in America really do die every year because they don’t have health insurance.
People will die "so that a handful of already wealthy people can have a higher after-tax income."

2 comments:

Clementine said...

Romney forgot to tell my best friend, who died of an aneurysm. If she'd had insurance, she would have sought treatment for the headaches that preceded it bursting. She said she could afford to go to the doctor, but could not afford any treatment if they found anything wrong with her. She didn't go and did not get the treatment she needed so she died.

How does one treat cancer at the emergency room? Treatment is a little late at that point.

Obamacare is an improvement, but what this country needs is single payer.

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